Following up on my earlier post about ignorant judges, I think it would be useful to have specialized judges who know more than just the law. I believe there are special judges for things like contract law, but we probably need something similar for technology. I can't find many resources on the web about specialized judges, probably because they vary from state to state, but I'd be interested if anyone can provide some information.

Unfortunately, I don't think the problem can be as easily solved by blogging as was the ignorant journalist situation. Amateur journalism by experts is great and contributes enormously to our civilization, but I doubt amateur judges would be as effective.

One idea I've got is that there could be a panel of amateur judges. Rather than voting to resolve an issue, as one might expect from a panel, each judge would write a decision and then the litigants could then pick from those decisions and decide together which one to adopt.



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